Newport Beach's oldest yacht club is planning to replace its 1919 clubhouse with a larger, modernized building.
The Newport Harbor Yacht Club applied for city permits last month that would allow it to exceed the bayfront height limitation and construct a new building with a second-story ballroom.
The current clubhouse at 720 West Bay Ave. often floods when storms and high tides inundate the Balboa Peninsula, and the old wooden structure is more vulnerable to earthquakes and fires than its proposed replacement.
Building codes would require modern materials and a new floor at 9 feet above average sea level, perhaps preserving the building for the club's second century.
Newport Beach Historical Society President Gordy Grundy said that the clubhouse has served an important purpose, but that there is nothing historically significant about that building.